Thursday, July 1, 2010

83 ~ Men and Dogs; Katie Crouch













Men and Dogs; Katie Crouch

Hannah Legare is 35 year old woman dealing with a lot of issues --one might even say that she is her own worst enemy.  Her husband gets tired of her cheating ways, and one throws her out. One day, after having too much to drink, she climbs up on the fire escape to beg forgiveness from her husband, but she takes a fall and injures herself in the process.  Hannah has hit rock bottom.  Her mother Daisy, demands that she return home to Charleston, South Carolina to recover.  It is here, that the ghosts of Hannah's past catch up with her.

When Hannah was just (11) year's old , her father, Dr. Buzz Legare went out fishing one day with his dog on a small boat. The dog was found alone in the boat, but Buzz was never found. Did he meet with an untimely death, or did he quietly slip away to start a new life?  Whatever happened did not devastate her mother Daisy, who remarried one year later.  Hannah's brother Palmer, is a successful Veterinarian. Palmer is gay, and he has not found happiness in his life, despite his success as he manages to always keep people at a distance. While others have seemed to have gotten beyond the mysterious disappearance of Buzz, Hannah has not.

Men and Dogs is one of those stories where I thought it was hard to feel sorry to the main character, Hannah. Her childish, self destructive behavior just seemed so irresponsible. It is a story that proves once again how the scars from unresolved childhood trauma and emotional hurts, can in fact last a lifetime.  Gabra Zackman was the audio book reader was very good. The ending seemed a bit too rushed, and in the end I would consider this to be a somewhat average novel.
RATING - 3.5/5 stars - Library Audio Book

13 comments:

  1. This Katie Crouch novel is one I really liked... interesting to hear your thought...makes me wonder if I liked it because I came in with really low expectations for it because I didn't like Crouch's first book very much.

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  2. I've been wanting to read her books. I've heard that both this and Girls in Trucks are just so-so, but they sound so promising!

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  3. I have this in my review pile. It sounds like there is a lot going on in this book. It really peaked my interest, so I'm curious to read it and see what I think, but your review has me wondering about it!! Thanks for the honesty!

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  4. didn't she write "Girls in Trucks"? I don't remember reading all that great reviews for that one either. I'm going to pass on picking up this one...thanks once again to your insightful and honest thoughts!

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  5. Thanks for the review. Think I'll skip this one!

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  6. Girls in Trucks was one of the worst books I read last year. Gack!
    If this one is anything like it, and it sounds like it is, I wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. It doesn't surprise me that you had no sympathy for the main character.

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  7. Hm, I'm not sure what to think of this one.

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  8. I also don't think that this book would be for me, and mostly I think it's because the main character is a bit non-agreeable. Sorry that you didn't love this one!

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  9. She sure doesn't sound like a sympathetic narrator in the least!

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  10. I don't do well with books where I can't commect with the main character, so this one probably isn't for me.

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  11. I didn't mind "Girls in Trucks"- I actually kind of liked it, but I'll probably end up skipping this one. It doesn't sound promising, and if I can't relate to at least one character in a book, I usually end up not liking it. Thanks for the honest review!

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  12. I wasn't a fan of Girls in Trucks, so it looks like I'll be skipping this one.

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  13. It starts out like it is ok. Sorry it was just average. But, they can't all be 4's and 5's right? Thanks for your candor.

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